One 2.0 Too Many: Blogging 2.0, Indeed

The term Web 2.0 was fashionable a couple of years ago, but is less so now. I for one still find it useful to denote a web that is one or both of the following.

  • A prominent, perhaps even dominant, platform for application development. So if you develop an application, you think of developing it for the web rather than for specific operating systems.
  • Read/write, in that it’s very easy for non-technical folk to contribute content to the web, rather than just to consume content. Of course, blogging is a major aspect of the readily writable web.

I am also tolerant of the practice of sticking 2.0 at the end of something to indicate how that thing is changing along with, and often because of, the web.

But I shudder at the term Blogging 2.0, even though I otherwise quite like the post in which Duncan Riley develops it.

If blogging 1.0 was about enabling the conversation on each blog, blogging 2.0 is about enabling the conversation across many blogs and supporting sites and services. The conversation has matured and no longer is it acceptable to believe that as a content owner you hold exclusive domain over conversations you have started.

Duncan’s argument is that it’s all about the user. By the way, I found Duncan’s post via Louis Gray, who agrees with the argument.

I mostly agree with the Duncan, but have two caveats. First, there are many blogs that are personal journals, and I think that someone who blogs in this way is entitled make that blog all about them.

Second, and more important with respect to the type of blog that the Blogging 2.0 conversation seems to focus on: is Duncan’s Inquisitr blog consistent with the Blogging 2.0 post he made there? If it is, this post will show up a a ping, thus “enabling the conversation across many blogs” (or at least across Inquisitr and the blogs that ping it). But I don’t think that it will…

ps I wish all the best to Duncan and to Inquisitr, and congratulate him on the conversation that he’s generating.

Nobody Expects the Australian Inquisitr

Duncan Riley is one of the most prominent tech bloggers. He’s just left TechCrunch to start Inquisitr, a blog that will focus, not only on tech, but also on pop culture and oddness.

Inquisitr, like TechCrunch, runs on WordPress. I can’t say I like the look of the site, but I’m not sure that Duncan does either yet. “The site itself is still a slight work in progress… and I’m still not 100% on the front page magazine layout.” I am 100% sure that the front page should not have its lead story on a black background.

On behalf of the association of WordPress blogs covering web tech and enough other stuff to lack focus, I welcome Duncan and Inquisitr. I’ll leave others to roll out the welcome map for other relevant assocations: bloggers who couldn’t afford the last vowel?